farmhouse bedroom

If I had one tip I could pass on to my children.

One tip that could change their world.

One tip that would make them more productive citizens and help them to face the day and solve the problems of the world.

It would be this…..

….make your bed.

I know it’s simple.  I know it might seem silly.  I know it seems like the smallest of tasks.

But making a bed sets the routine for the day and ties up loose ends and straightens everything out just a bit….

….and helps you pause just a moment before you take on the world.

And now it’s your turn.

If you had to pass on one tip, what would it be?


Have you started decorating for fall yet?

If not, let me help.

Here’s a cute pumpkin idea with vintage doorknobs.

DIY found here.

pumpkin sour dough bread

Hello fall.

Here’s some bread to go with you.

Pumpkin sourdough bread.

Recipe found here.


Love this post about decorating for the senses.

All five of them.

And I love that chair pattern, too. 🙂


And I love this grain sack tote project.

Especially with my fabric.

DIY found here.

And in random news this week:

Love this red lipstick story

Went to see this movie last night (a little cheesy, but a lot amazing)

This space is so pretty

Such an easy project

This post is full of encouragement

Fresh, colorful studio space

Peanut butter chocolate chip ice cream

And just a little fall decorating to get your weekend started

Burlap Flowers (1)

And one more for the road.

This picture was sent to me by one of my favorite readers in the world.

She made these burlap flowers from the project I posted on the blog.

If you want to make your own, you can see the DIY burlap flower project here.

Happy random Saturday to you. 🙂

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  1. Image for Mary Alice Kenley Mary Alice Kenley

    We have sons who now are in their mid-40s. When they were coming up, we had three primary things that had to happen every single day in their world. 1. Make your bed. 2. Take out your trash. (Which requires, of course, that you pick up stuff off the floor in your room...hopefully?) 3. Pick up after yourself.

  2. Image for Ellenann Ellenann

    The bed making tip is invaluable. From the time I could walk, my mom taught me to always make my bed first thing after rising in the morning. Because of that, I believe I'm a much more organized person. It sets the tone for the rest of my day. These are very wise words, for sure.

  3. Image for Susan Susan

    Yes, I agree about the bed thing. My advice would be, talk to God everyday; even if only for a few seconds. He will never lead you astray.

  4. Image for Rebecca Rebecca

    The tip I would give my son is to Love the Lord with all his heart. In these days of pain and suffering his love and forgiveness is our only hope.

  5. Image for Marisa Franca @ All Our Way Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

    Well, I have what I call an "ism". I have several but this is a big one. I can't go to bed in an unmade bed :-( Should I by any chance not have time in the morning and then get ready for bed? I'll make it before I get into it. And my advice to my children? If you don't try you'll never know if you're able to do it. And then, of course, making the bed. And then -- the lipstick post really resonated. I've almost emailed you several times. I've been asked to *gulp* teach . . . in front of a camera . . . about cooking. I want to but I'm scared silly!! If I dress all in black and have a black background and white gloves I may get my courage up to do it. Anyway, I'm still thinking about it. Have a wonderful weekend. Sending hugs!!

    1. Image for Ann C Ann C

      I think you should do the cooking experience. You may be surprised at how well you can do. I was asked several years ago to speak to a group of women on a retreat. I said yes and was given the main theme of the retreat. I worked hard to come up with something worth sharing. I prayed a lot. When I got up to the podium I was so very nervous and so I told the ladies I needed to be able to relax and so I was going to slip out of my heels. They laughed and I relaxed and the rest went great. I did talks for a few years after that and I always started by removing my shoes. You'll be great!

  6. Image for Michelle Michelle

    I don't know if this would necessarily be considered a tip but it is something that I am well-known for saying in our family ~ "It has a home and it lives there so you can find it when you need it." The advice I was adamant about passing on to my kids as they were growing was to be kind and compassionate with others -- without being a doormat, of course -- and to know who is the author of all that is good in their lives. They are both worshipful, kind and compassionate people, so I think I was successful. I want you to know, though, that I make my bed everyday, but not until I return to the bedroom to change out of my pjs (after reading and responding to emails over a nice cup of coffee). However, I have to admit I do not think that either one of my kids do. Ever. Whenever I visit, their beds are always unmade :( My grandmother had all sorts of tidbits of wisdom she was fond of passing on. Two of my favorites were, "If it is to be, it is up to me," and "It is better to wear out than rust out."

  7. Image for Betty in Arlington Betty in Arlington

    Keep skid chains on your tongue. You can't erase something hateful you've said to someone else. (I enjoy your wonderful posts and joyful decorating ideas! Blessed motherkeeping.

  8. Image for katzcradul katzcradul

    Meet at the dinner table in the evening. Share a meal and re-connect. I think it one of the biggest single factors in successful families. (Children who eat dinner at a table with their family perform better in school as well.)

  9. Image for Donnamae Donnamae

    Well...I did teach my three sons, now almost 30 to in their 30's, to make their bed, to pick up after themselves, and to mind their manners. Politeness goes a long way I believe. I also told them, that they can do whatever they set out to do, if they have the will to do it! So good! ;)

  10. Image for Mary Mary

    Here is one that is a bit different; "Don't be afraid to be smart." In what appears to be a world of fewer and fewer, " thinkers", being intellectually driven ( that does not mean snobby!) and curious enough to get the facts and information is a GOOD thing. Teaching children to learn to learn and to love to explore their world is a great foundation in building their imaginations and knowledge. It advances their confidence and gives them a larger perspective on what is possible. And, I agree with Katzcradul above on having dinner around the table where these bright minds can chatter about their discoveries each day. What parent would want to miss out on those precious moments?

  11. Image for Cindy in Oklahoma Cindy in Oklahoma

    Speaking of "cheesy". I know this suggestion is... but my best decorating tip is "A place for everything and everything in its place." My husband is forever looking for a misplaced screwdriver or tape measure or hammer or jar of jalepenos. I keep telling him if he'd take a few seconds and return everything to the box or the drawer or the place on the wall he's designated it to be he could save himself years of searching.... We're celebrating 43 years of marriage this month so... here's another suggestion... after mentioning something a couple of times... forget it. hehe...

    1. Image for Ann C Ann C

      I loved your post. This is an issue with my fiancé and me. I know where my tools are and he can never find his. I will say wonder why that is. But I guess I might as well just keep putting mine back so I'll know where it is when he needs to borrow it. Haha!

  12. Image for Mary Mary

    Oh, Dear Wendy from Old Lake George....I promise that you will feel better soon. The youngest is no different than the oldest. My eyes welled up as I read your post. Been there. You have my heart today.

  13. Image for Linda Linda

    My tip would be to go to the Lord in prayer before you do anything. There's nothing more precious then going to ones knees and thanking him for all that He does for us. And asking for Him to guide our every step during the day.

  14. Image for Carol Carol

    My tip is read everyday. Read for pleasure, read to learn new things, read to understand others that may be different from you. Get away from electronic devices and experience the power of the written word.

  15. Image for Mary Mary

    Mine would be go to church every week if possible... then say Thank You to the Lord for everything we have been given... lastly - says thank you to anyone who does something ice to/for you. Pretty easy stuff.

  16. Image for Ellen Ellen

    When my children started talking about what they would do when they grew up I said the same thing to each of them again and again. "Do what you love and love what you do! You will be working a long, long time and nothing could be worse than not liking it." I think they listened to my life tip because each seems to love the choice they have made! I had followed that in my own life and spent 45+ yrs. in nursing and LOVED it! Making the bed everyday wasn't a choice, more of a rule passed on by my own Mother and I agree it is the only way to start the day. Thank-you for "Thistlekeeping"- always filled with the best information and your beautiful photos!

  17. Image for Ann C Ann C

    Don't go to bed til the dishes are done. Nothing drags me down more than coming out to the kitchen to a sink full of dirty dishes. It usually takes less than ten minutes to do them (yes, I still wash by hand). But what a difference my day has if the kitchen is clean when I walk in. My aunt used to say she was teaching her boy to turn his socks right side out when he took them off. She laughed her future d-i-l would thank her.

  18. Image for Mary Crozier Mary Crozier

    My advice would be to learn to write well.....with texting and computer short cuts, there are fewer people who can actually write (you are one of them). My son, who is a 3rd year student at UVA has gotten so far academically and professionally because he can write. Seems simple, but even he is surprised how many young adults can convey their thoughts or ideas intelligently.... and wash your face before bed every day-no exceptions.

  19. Image for Vicki Vicki

    I make my bed every day - because no day is complete unless my bed is made! My tip- whenever you get out of your vehicle, reach around you and grab whatever trash you have in your car. Keep a kitchen sized garbage can in your garage to put car trash in - do not take it in your house. And even better, when you stop to get gas in your car, use the FREE garbage service there - they all usually have trash cans there at the service station. Take a moment to clean out what trash you may have at the time. If we are not careful, our cars can get full of unwanted junk mail, fast food packaging or unwanted school work. It is easy to keep a clean car when you realize there are so many convenient ways to dispose of your trash. This makes me feel like I am ahead of the game and I don't ever have to "clean out my car" because it is always clean!

  20. Image for gina gina

    I definitely agree with the making the bed tip, too! So much so that the first day of summer vacation I insisted my son quickly make it as he got out of bed. I was thrilled to see a made bed each morning during summer break. A good habit was made. One down...hundreds and hundreds more to teach. My tip...know what's for dinner at least by noon.

  21. Image for Ren Ren

    You and Adm. Bill McRaven are in agreement (me too, for that matter). Check out his commencement speech at the University of Texas in 2014. Have a great Sunday!

  22. Image for Betsy Betsy

    To jump out of bed, go to the mirror, and tell yourself that you add a lot to this wonderful world. Think it and you will live it. xoxoxo

  23. Image for Teresa Teresa

    My 1st tip - read "Thistlekeeping"! It always lifts my spirits, thank you for that!! 2nd tip is from an old friend - she is 86 and has a wealth of knowledge - she once told me "You can't believe everything you think." Once that soaked in it saved me tons of worthless worry. I will add a 3rd .... Find an elderly person & be their friend, they are priceless.

  24. Image for Kristi Kristi

    Couldn't agree more my friend! Making my bed is the very first thing I do each morning - I'd never be able to face the day knowing my bedding was a mess. ;) Ending my day right is just as important for me, making sure I've got a list of what I need to accomplish tomorrow makes it much easier to jump into a new day the next morning (after making my bed of course!).

  25. Image for Julie Julie

    KariAnne ~ Love your tip... and your writing... and of course, your beautiful farmhouse decorating. :) Thank you for including our fall decorating! Have a great week!

  26. Image for Sherri M Sherri M

    As I danced with my son at his wedding, I told him to put God first and everything else will fall into place. He agreed and I cried. Thank you sweet KariAnne for posting my flowers.

  27. Image for Bonnie Bonnie

    To love the Lord thy God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind and to love others as yourself.

  28. Image for Kelly Shratter Kelly Shratter

    I tell my daughter to embrace adulthood. (She's 21). Find someone who loves you and that you also love and build a life together. Don't believe everything the world tells you about dating, having fun, staying in shape, building a career, not having kids. When you have someone special to build a life with you will have ups and downs and you will get through them and you will look back and realize you have been happier than most who may still be chasing their dreams.

  29. Image for Cindy baugh Cindy baugh

    I always told my girls when you do something stupid (and you will), be the first one to laugh, laugh the loudest and laugh the longest. Folks will love you for it.

  30. Image for Pamela Martin Pamela Martin

    My favorite tip is how to keep a long marriage - never go to bed angry. Has worked for 40 years for us. I have heard 'make your bed' umpteen times this week. I think God is trying to get my attention. Ya think? *Smiles*

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